The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:55 a.m. to rescue an injured hiker on the Waimano Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:10 a.m., established command and made a plan to safely extract the hiker.
It was reported that three adults, including two females and one male, had been hiking the trail for approximately three hours when one of the hikers, the adult male, became unresponsive due to a medical emergency. The hiker regained consciousness but was unable to safely exit the trail on his own or with the assistance of the other hikers.
The HFD’s Air 1 transported Rescue personnel near the hiker’s location, where patient contact was made at 11:30 a.m. Rescuers assessed and packaged the patient and transported him to a nearby landing zone at 11:48 a.m. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were dispatched to the scene, however, the patient refused treatment and transport by the EMS. The remaining hikers exited the trail on foot with the assistance of other HFD personnel.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Planning The Hike
Bring Your Cell Phone: In case of an emergency, your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. It is recommended to pack an external back-up battery.
Get Information About The Trail: Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to hike so you will know the route, where to start, and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow signage. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.
Assess Your Capabilities: Compare your level of fitness, ability, and experience with the trail description. Be practical and realistic. There are a wide variety of trails in Hawai‘i, so pick one that suits your level.
During The Hike
Monitor Individuals: Monitor everyone’s condition. Dehydration, sunstroke, hypothermia, and fatigue can hit even experienced hikers.
In An Emergency
Call Or Text 911: Ask for Fire/Rescue. Tell them which trail you are on and what happened.
Stay Calm: Objectively assess your situation before making any decisions. Stay calm and positive.
Stay Put: You will be found more quickly and reduce the chances of getting into further trouble, especially after dark, by staying in one place. This is why it is important to notify someone of your hike location and destination.